Elina Svitolina might withdraw from Wimbledon after a surprise second-round loss at the Aegon Classic on Thursday.
Fifth rank and the Classic’s leading seed after a host of withdrawals, was beaten by Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. Giorgi has played three matches on the grass and played flamboyantly also displaying her attacking prowess.
Asked about Wimbledon, where she has only two match wins in four appearances, Svitolina said: “There is a question about it.”
“I will talk with my physios. The season is very long and I must look at the bigger picture,” she said.
“The heel feels painful and is very sensitive. I am disappointed I am out of the tournament but I am not disappointed with my performance, as I could not show even 50 percent.”
Soon after came the defeat of Johanna Konta, the world No. 7 from Britain, who was outplayed by CoCo Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-3. The American recently broke into the top 20 for the first time.
Konta’s defeat means that a tournament which once had an entry list with seven of the world’s top 10, has now lost all of them, four through withdrawals and three with defeats.